Types of Lifts

Types of Lifts


Types of Lifts for Your Business

Lifts are a necessity for most large businesses, but what types of lifts will serve your business best? Lift technology has created a range of lift specifications to suit the needs of just about any commercial enterprise – however niche. Tower Lifts engineers spend much of their time providing consultancy on the lift requirements of new buildings. In this blog, we take a look at the range of models and technology available to business owners.

1. Passenger Lifts

Of all the types of lifts available, the passenger lift is probably the first that comes to mind. Its basic function is to transport users from one floor to another safely, and efficiently. Passenger lifts come in different sizes, though. In a busy environment a passenger cabin may be required to carry up to 45 people. For smaller buildings, a capacity of 4 people would be more appropriate.

Passenger Lift Services:

  • Maintenance. Installing a lift means that you take responsibility for the safety of passengers. All lifts are subject to LOLER regulations, and require regular maintenance and servicing.
  • Refurbishment. If you already have a legacy lift, you may not need to install a new one. Tower Lifts can modernise, or refurbish your lift. This means that we improve the performance, and guarantee the safety of the system.

2. Goods Lifts

These are the workhorse lifts, designed to carry anything from a plate of food, to heavy machinery. The goods lift comes in a range of applications:

  • Dumbwaiter. This is a small, cabinet size lift which was originally created to carry food from kitchens up to dining rooms. Dumbwaiter lifts were used in country houses, hotels and commercial dining rooms. They remain popular in restaurants, but have extended their scope to food halls, conference centres, shoe shops, opticians and residential homes.
  • Goods Only Lift. This is a variation on the dumbwaiter. It’s larger, normally with a grille door, and looks like a traditional vertical lift. The goods only lift isn’t designed for transporting people, but it will carry laundry, stock, components and bulky goods from one floor to another.
  • Heavy Duty Lift. Tower Lifts designers have created goods lifts that are capable of lifting cars from one floor to another. We’ve also worked with art galleries requiring a large space in which to transport heavy sculptures. Most of the time the heavy duty lift is used in industrial settings for the transport of heavy machinery.

3. Platform Lifts

This flexible and adaptable technology has allowed the UK to transform its commercial spaces from ‘exclusive’ spaces to ‘inclusive’ ones. The platform lift provides a robust and elegantly efficient means of providing access to wheelchair users. Our platform lifts offer access via step lifts, vertical lifts or inclined lifts. They are popular in shops, heritage buildings, office buildings, museums and hotels.

4. Bespoke Lifts

If you want vertical transport that is ‘different’, ‘unique’, ‘experiential’ or simply does something specific that you need it to – Tower Lifts can design it for you. We create bespoke lifts for challenging architectural environments (such as listed buildings); luxury glass lifts; scenic or panoramic lifts. We can also seamlessly integrate platform lifts into their surroundings so that they only appear when activated.


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Tower Lifts carry out design and installation on a varied range of lifts throughout the UK including:

Domestic Lifts • Food Lifts • Bespoke Platform Lifts • Service Lifts • Platform Lifts • Goods Lifts • Scenic Lifts • Heavy Duty / Car Lifts • Passenger Lifts • Dumbwaiter Lifts • MRL Lifts • Fire lifts • Residential Lifts • low-Headroom Lift